Labor Day was first celebrated unofficially by labor activists and individual states in the late 1800s,

Happy Labour Day

February 14, 2020

New York was the first state to introduce a bill recognizing Labor Day, but Oregon was the first to actually codify it into law in 1887.

a labor historian and professor emeritus at the City University of New York

The convention was a huge success, and unions around the country started holding their own labor celebrations

"it was a somewhat daring move to participate, because you could get yourself fired,"

May Day, which was originally established by the Marxist International Socialist Congress.

Labor Day celebrations had a brief revival, especially in cities like Detroit and New York City. But by the 60s and 70s, they had tapered off again